With its only source attributed as "two people familiar with the plan," the industry insider mag said the cheaper variant would be added as part of a 2013 model facelift. Automotive News said a spokesman for Nissan Americans had declined comment.
The entry-level iteration would be positioned below the two specs currently offered, which list for $38,395 and $39,995, the latter inclusive of a photovoltaic solar panel rear spoiler and rear-view monitor.
Nissan's Leaf sales have been far off expectations, with only 5,212 sold in the U.S. through September and a 20,000-unit goal; sales were off signicantly year over year too. General Motors, meanwhile, tripled sales of its extended-range hybrid Chevy Volt in the U.S. in September, according to Forbes.